My brother, Eric Erdman, began fighting for his life with his first breath and is now determined to help children before he takes his last breath.
Eric has only a few months to live and it is his goal and mission to create the “Give a Child a Voice Movement.” He would like us all to raise our voices to help the many boys and girls who suffer in silence today. He works hard every day to let children know and understand nationwide , “It is more painful to be silent than to break the silence.”
Eric was born weighing only 1lb. 15oz, Since Eric was born so early, he struggled medically and developmentally, which eventually lead to him becoming a victim of bullying and child abuse by the age of 11
Unfortunately on July 13, 2016, at age 16, my brother was diagnosed with an aggressive rare form of brain cancer
- Anaplastic Ependymoma
Grade III . Approximately 50 teenagers are diagnosed with this form of cancer each year.
After undergoing many procedures to fight the cancer, which included dozens of rounds of radiation, clinical trials, brain and eye surgeries the cancer has taken over and there is nothing more the medical world can do to help my brother. Eric and I lost our brother Kyle, and now I am losing Eric.
After being diagnosed in 2016 Eric found the courage and learned the power of speaking out and quickly started a foundation to help other children. The T.E.K Foundation CC, Inc., operating as Give a Child a Voice , works to put an end to child abuse, bullying, as well as life threatening childhood illnesses, all circumstances Eric has faced
. The foundation does this by showing children how powerful and important their voices can be."Before I was diagnosed with a life-threatening terminal illness, I fought every day of my life to find peace and strength to face my painful past, due to being a victim of child abuse and bullying. I started to transform my mind and body by going to the gym to create and focus on the best version of me. The gym allowed me to shut out all the noise in my life which eventually led to finding my voice, from the help and support of my community,” Eric said.
Eric fought to be in this world, for the last 3 years he has been fighting to stay in this world, and while losing his battle to brain cancer, with only a few months to live, Eric wants to fight for kids nationwide to BREAK THEIR SILENCE.
Join me, join Eric, join his foundation team and let's all come together to encourage and inspire the many boys and girls who are suffering in silence today.
On behalf of Eric we are proud to announce the “Give a Child a Voice Fitness Center Give-A-Way.”
The money raised from this campaign will go towards building a new Give a Child a Voice gym and will help more children find their voices. Please help me raise funds so my brother Eric's legacy may live on, more children will find the courage to Speak Out, and Give a Child a Voice Fitness Centers will eventually be nationwide.